Band Notes 7/24/16

Band Notes7/24/2016




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Events have been created for the upcoming fundraisers.  Make sure you invite your friends.





Fundraisers handed out this week!





Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie Dough FundraiserJuly 19th - Aug 4th


Order forms were handed out at last week, if you did not receive a packet please contact Nancy Cassella. Otis Spunkmeyer offers cookie dough fundraisers with flavors that include a variety of flavors chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia nut, oatmeal raisin, strawberry shortcake, and more. 20% of the sales will be credited to members student account, for every 15 boxes sold seller will receive 1 free box of Chocolate Chip cookies





Chairperson:  Jim and Nancy Cassella           Phone:  652-0063




SIP of COLOR – Paint party!!!    Sunday, 8/14 at Liverpool Mason Lodge. A great way to have fun and express your creativity! $7.00 will be credited to student accounts.  You must register by 7/31. Space is limited please register early.   See attached document !!!!





Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast- Sunday August 21st


The Sunday after Band Camp we hold a Flapjack Fundraiser at Applebee’s (3975 Route 31 in Clay).  Members are asked to sell a minimum of 5 tickets in advance. Tickets are $6 and entitle the bearer to 3 pancakes, 2 strips of bacon and unlimited juice or coffee. $4.00 of each ticket goes to the General Fund


We need parents to volunteer to ‘chaperone’ the student staff who will be serving the breakfast.  Members are needed to volunteer for: greeting, seating, serving, or bussing tables - duties will be assigned the day of the event. Anyone eating breakfast will be required to purchase a ticket.


If you are able to donate a morning to the Band and help out please contact Lisa Young at 400-5773 or


Please see Lisa at the end of practice on Tuesday and Thursday's.  Last day for tickets will be August 11th or until we run out, so get them while their hot!!!


Flyers and paperwork for this event will be handed out this week.


Please see Lisa at the end of rehearsals starting this week






   "Bottle Blitz" Bottle & Can Drive – August 6th







This is a General Fund fundraiser and participation is mandatory for all members!





If you did not receive your route please contact one of the committee chairs listed below. 


Routes need to be flyered by Sunday, 7/31





Every effort has been made to keep routes assigned to the members within their own neighborhood, however some areas have several members and you may be asked to distribute and collect outside of your own neighborhood.






1. We are in need of people to pick up extra routes that WILL already have the flyers distributed.    





2. We are in need of people to flyer additional routes





3. EXTRA FULL ROUTES - Anyone who is willing to distribute flyers AND pick up those routes in addition to their assigned route. 





If you can help out with either of these, PLEASE contact





Bottle Drive Chairperson





Becky Clifford     751-2075


Scott Jesmore    383-8776


Wendy Solberg   436-6152





If for some reason a member will be out of town on August 6th you must notify Bottle Drive Chair and Mr. Dumas, immediately.  Routes have been assigned and we need to make sure all routes are covered. It is still required that the member distribute the flyers.


The Bottle Blitz is one of our biggest fundraisers and needs everyone's help to make this a success. This fundraiser puts $5,000-6,000 to the general fund, this helps to subsidize the participation fee, without this fundraiser fees would be about$75 higher.





Every member benefits from the fundraiser ALL members are required to participate unless excused for an already scheduled vacation/commitment. Please contact the chair people this week if you have a conflict for this fundraiser





This year we are partnering with Central City Bottle Redemption, help is needed after the route is picked up loading the trucks but no sorting is needed this year







Volunteers are needed for hemming, show prep, uniform chaperoning and drying uniforms after shows with rain. ….. If you are interested in helping with this committee in any or all of the above capacities please contact Liz Palumbo at or text at 506-0932.




Marching Band Shoes





The Uniform Committee will be fitting uniforms for all members during the Tuesday/Thursday rehearsals over the next few weeks, which includes marching band shoes.  We will be wearing black marching band shoes this season.




Returning Members - Please check your shoes from last year to make sure they fit and are in good condition.  If you will need new shoes, please know your shoe size and let us know when you come in to be fitted.  


New Members - We will order new shoes for all new band members.  Please know your shoe size for when you come in to be fitted, or send an email to Liz Palumbo at  with the size information.




New marching band shoes will be approximately $32.00/pair ($28.99+S/H).  We will let you know the final price and when they are ready for pick-up.  Payment will be due at the time of pick-up. 


 We also have a limited number/sizes of "gently" used shoes available for $10/pair.  If you are interested in purchasing a pair of used shoespleasetalk to a member of the uniform committee (Liz Palumbo, Sue Khan, or Pam Deegan) or email Liz Palumbo or text at 506-0932.





Current Fundraisers:








Candy Sales


Sign out a case of 60 candy bars and earn $24 towards your student account by turning in the funds raised from each case.  These bars practically sell themselves!! 


Contact Kelly Martini @ 457-7437 if you would like to obtain a case.





Home Show Program Ads –




Selling Program Ads for the Home Show Program is a great way to earn funds towards your student account.  You can earn 40% of each ad sold towards your participation fee.




Forms to get started are available when you sign out a business.




The Boosters try to prevent the local businesses from being contacted by multiple individuals so business leads must be signed out.  Members are limited to 5 contacts at a time so everyone has an opportunity





Please contact Kristie Roeder at and let her know which companies you would like to approach.  Kristie also maintains a list of businesses that have supported us in previous years. It has been our experience that ads sold from members who have contacted specific businesses in the past or have a personal connection with the business have a better chance of being purchased for the current year as a relationship has been established between the band member and the business. 










We have added two new closing slots to each game and since we are no longer attending the Victor competition those slots are still available to work. Please review Sign Up genius and sign up for available slots.





Ongoing throughout season





Carrier Dome Concession Stand, Dates throughout the Fall and Winter Season


The Dome Stand is our biggest fundraisers and needs everyone's help to make this a success. This fundraiser puts $20,000 to the budget split between student accounts and general fund (this works out to be about $125 towards each member’s participation fee and also helps us to invest back into the program with Capital Expense purchases). ALL member’s fees are subsidized by this fundraiser.  EACH FAMILY IS ASKED TO WORK A MINIMUM OF 3 VOLUNTEER SLOTS, there are a variety of dates/times during football and basketball season to accommodate everyone's schedule.





We staff a concession stand at the Carrier Dome for all SU home football games and basketball games.  We are fortunate to have this stand, as there is a waiting list for these lucrative moneymakers.  In return, we receive 15.5% of the stand’s net profit per event.  We are responsible for preparing all the food that will be sold, fully staffing the stand during each scheduled event, and cleaning up afterwards.  This can be a lot of fun and beneficial for your student account.





We have numerous ways you can sign up to work shifts at the Dome you can click the link in the Band Notes emails





 visit our Website and click on the link "Dome Signup", sign up in the "Dome Book" that will be at practices and meetings, Send a email to the Dome Coordinators or to  





Workers earn $8/hour. For a typical football game workers earned around $56 and for basketball it’s around $40. This is a great way to meet other band parents and to really put a dent in that student account. Workers must be at least 16 years of age (this is a Dome rule, not ours) and family and friends can work towards your account. 





Band members are encouraged to work games that do not conflict with band, and guard members are encouraged to work times between fall and winter season performance days





Dome Committee:     


Teresa Blanchard        727-3036


Tanya Jennings           657-3862


Mark Kenny                  715-4442


Wendy Solberg            436-6152





DON’T FORGET!!!  You can also add to your student account by bringing your returnable bottles to MSK Bottles& Cans on Route 57.  


Let them know that you wish your deposit refund to be applied against your student's account or you can have the monies applied to the general fund!


When bringing your bottles to MSK, please make sure you record the member's name legibly.  We want to make sure all accounts are credited properly.





Upcoming Fundraisers:





Delta Sonic Car Wash Ticket FundraiserAug 9th - 25th





Delta Sonic Ticket Fundraiser


We are selling tickets for either Delta Sonic Super Kiss Wash


Super Kiss Wash $12.00


5-Day Guarantee – Wash again for Free


·        Touch-Less Wash


·        Revitalizer


·        Brake Dust Remover


·        Clearcoat Protectant


·        Clearcoat Polish


·        Underspray


·        Rust Inhibitor


For each Super Kiss Wash ticket sold $5.00 will go into your student account!





Save AroundBook FundraiserAug 23rd – Sept 6th


SaveAround® is North America’s premier Discount Coupon Fundraising Book. SaveAround® does three things (and does them well): we help your school or community group raise funds, we help local merchants promote and grow their business, and we help people in your community save money. From famous national chains to your favorite local mom-and-pop, SaveAround® offers coupon savings everyone will love.


$7.50 from each book sold will be credited to members student account





Chairperson:  Rob LaDuc                             Phone:  420-4652




Preview Show & Dinner – Sunday Aug 28th


This is the first performance in full uniform of this season’s show. It is presented for the enjoyment of the community and our families and friends. The Boosters hold a Fundraiser Dinner for before the show and this year we will be having a cookout available. The band will then perform their show (usually twice) for the enjoyment of the spectators. 


This is a special evening for band members, families and our very supportive community.





Chairperson:     Tanya Jennings  657-3862  


                             Wendy Solberg   436-6152



Band Camp



Each year during Band Camp we ask for parents to volunteer to help fill and deliver the large water jugs to the Marching Field so that the members have enough water on hand during the day to drink. Ice and water are available in the Athletic rooms, we just need to get the jugs from there to the field where the kids are.



We are looking for people who are willing to help out at the following times:


· At drop off first thing in the morning (7:45am)


· At drop off for lunch so the jugs are filled for the afternoon (Noon)


· At drop off for dinner so the jugs are filled for the evening session (4:00pm)


· At pickup to return the jugs to the room at the end of practice (9:00pm)


Even if you can only do one day, one time slot that would be a great help.


The jugs get placed on a cart to bring to the field, but it is more than a one person job to get them there.


A volunteer is needed to coordinate this





Student Accounts


Statements have been mailed/emailed





the 2nd benchmark was due July 15th, all accounts should have a minimum of $225





Benchmark #3 is 8/15. Each member's account should be at $325





Payments can be mailed to our Student Accounts Coordinator:


Maureen Wood


820 Second Street


Liverpool, NY13088





All payments should be mailed to the address above or hand delivered to Maureen at the end of rehearsal. Payments should not be given to staff.


If you have any questions concerning your account you can contact Maureen Wood at





Full Band rehearsals have started Tuesday/Thursday 5:45-9 PM Please note our summer rehearsal policy below





Drop-off & Pick-up for practices:


We realize that there are many new families joining us this year who are unfamiliar with the parking areas at LHS.  We want to share some key information about dropping off and picking up your Marching Band student:





The road/driveway that follows up the left side of the High School is a Fire Lane.  The sidewalk at the Fine Arts entrance is also a Fire Lane.  It is acceptable to drop your student off and continue on your way.  It is not acceptable to park along the sidewalk and wait for your student to come out.  There is plenty of room in the stadium parking lot and it should be used regularly. 





The road/driveway that follows up the left side of the High School is also a One Way Street.  Please enter at the Wetzel Elementary end of the school property and go through to the stadium end of the school property.  OR enter at the stadium end and keep left to enter at the back of the stadium parking lot.





The sidewalk at the stop sign (at the Auditorium and Main Office entrances) is intended for pedestrian use, cars should NEVER use the sidewalk as a shortcut to the parking lot on the left.





Please remember the safety of our students.  Each of these are NYS traffic laws and could result in a ticket if an officer were to drive through and see an infraction.  Most importantly, though, emergency vehicles require access at designated areas and we would not want to obstruct their access in the event of an emergency.





Thank you, in advance, for your immediate reparation of these issues.







All students should be well hydrated and fed before any rehearsal begins......just as an athlete would.





Summer Rehearsals:


“Summer” rehearsals start with the first pre-season rehearsal and continue up to the beginning of Band Camp in August. Members are expected to attend a minimum of four rehearsals during this time period. As previously noted an excuse for any planned absence from a rehearsal or performance needs to be submitted in writing to the Director at least two weeks in advance and must include the reason for the upcoming absence.





Please note a change to the Season Schedule. We have pulled out of the Victor Show on October 15th.